Like many new games, Bethesda’s RPG requires a solid-state drive to run it, and for good reason
Starfield requirements are something that will be discussed in time. Far from the need to use high-budget GPUs, many thought that they might not be able to play Bethesda’s expected RPG because of the obvious obligation to have an SSD to run it. Not like that, you can play Starfield on an HDD, but if you’re wondering “How does it work on a non-SSD drive?“, the answer was given to you by this user, and this is it not good that we understand what is needed.
As we mentioned, there are many players, maybe one of you, who play Starfield on a HDD. It is not impossible, although the waiting times are longer, which is reasonable. However, the “problem” persists and shows up very complex code and the worlds managed by Todd Howard’s team.
YouTube user RandomGaminginHD installed the game on a branded 1TB drive Western Digital a Caviar Black to be more precise, at a rate that 7.200 RPM. To begin with, although it was expected, transferring the game from its SSD to HDD took 25 minutes using the Steam tool. Next, the first load in the game from the start menu, not by starting a new game, it took 90 seconds compared to 14 seconds for SSD.
In this case, it seems we are comparing a game from the current generation of consoles to the last generation in terms of time. But of course, WD’s HDD is not one that can withstand the worlds managed by Bethesda with solvency. on New Atlantis one of the cities that have been made in the game, the user suffered micro-breaks or stuttering, while the RPG is trying to load the rest of the textures, NPC … Something that also happens when BANNED y exit the building. In fact, the time spent on the latter is longer, considering that as a general rule you need to load more scenarios, the game will take longer. more than triple the time compared to SSD (5 seconds vs. 17 seconds).
This isn’t the best way to play Starfield, though as we mentioned, It’s not even unplayable. The user also has an RTX 4060 Ti, a Core i5-12400 and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, which helps to maintain a frame rate above, in most cases, 60, so Stoppages, however annoying, can be solved with a good hand. However, if you don’t like loading screens, playing on a HDD can be a trial.